From the community: Interview with Kii App Challenge 2nd winner Radu Trandafir

Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 9.53.06 AMOnce again I had the privilege to interview another winner – Radu Trandafir, who took second place at the Kii Cloud App Challenge.

Radu’s Path is an Android game where you have 60 seconds to collect as many points as possible by making paths with circles of the same color. You can make loops to get more points and upgrade your power-ups (which you use to get more points until the time expires).

I asked Radu about his background and his experience working with Kii. Here’s the transcript.  Enjoy!

German
Please tell us about your background?
Radu
I have a bachelor degree in computer science. I’m an independent engineer that switched to Android development (I knew java before that). Apps became more and more interesting to me (I saw apps everywhere!)

German
What do you do for a living?
Radu
My primary job was for a local company here in Romania until last spring when I became a freelancer. At first I tried using freelance websites to get jobs but it was quite challenging (bids are usually very low). Now I work with a local network of contacts. When working for my former company I built applications for other companies on demand and focused on providing connectivity to external devices (sound bars, baby monitors, bluetooth devices). As a freelancer I can now work on any subject, and also spend time on personal projects.

German
What were the pros and cons that you found with Kii Cloud?
Radu
Pros: the API was familiar (because it’s similar to Parse which I tried before). I liked the documentation (it goes right to the point) and the fact that you answer questions right there on the docs. I also like Kii’s Geo feature (looks nice); I’m going to use it.
Cons: a data browser was missing at the time (now it’s available). I found the query API limited, so I had to run multiple queries to obtain one kind of information (it was like replacing the functionality of SQL joins). I miss more examples, more snippets, covering many scenarios (real code that one can cut and paste to use right away).

German
Who are the users of your application?
Radu
For Path my objective is to get revenue besides aiming for just exposure. Since I’m focusing on revenue my audience is everybody. It’s a game! I would be really happy if I get to 1 million active users 🙂

German
What are the biggest challenges you face right now as an app developer?
Radu
Deciding about future projects, to come up with more novel ideas, and then really focus on execution.

German
Which stores are you using to distribute Path?
Radu
Path is on the Amazon store (published as a paid app) and on Google Play (where I made it free)

German
Would you add Kii to your future apps?
Radu
Depends on whether there’s a cloud storage requirement. I would add it to an async game for example or a social game (like “draw something”). I would like to try Kii Geo and the file sync API so I just need an excuse to do that.

German
Was it hard to integrate Kii Cloud into your game?
Radu
Integration with Kii took me only one day. I was already familiar with your API since I first tried it with another app (before Path). The integration with this first app took me one week (I didn’t want to use async so it took more than expected).

German
Thanks for your time Radu
Radu
You’re welcome

If you missed the interview with Kii Cloud App Challenge First Place Winner, you can read it here.

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